Towards self-adaptable robots: from programming to training machines

Víctor Mayoral, Risto Kojcev, Nora Etxezarreta, Alejandro Hernández, Irati Zamalloa

Feb 12, 2018 (modified: Jun 04, 2018) ICLR 2018 Workshop Submission readers: everyone Show Bibtex
  • Abstract: We argue that hardware modularity plays a key role in the convergence of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). We introduce a new approach for building robots that leads to more adaptable and capable machines. We present the concept of a self-adaptable robot that makes use of hardware modularity and AI techniques to reduce the effort and time required to be built. We demonstrate in simulation and with a real robot how, rather than programming, training produces behaviors in the robot that generalize fast and produce robust outputs in the presence of noise. In particular, we advocate for mammals.
  • Keywords: robots, modular robots, self-adaptable robots, AI, RL, DRL, reconfigurable robots
  • TL;DR: We present the concept of a self-adaptable robot that makes use of modularity and Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques to reduce the effort and time required to be built.
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